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  • Something gives.
    25th September 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia  via Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia & Punta Alcatraz, Isla Grande, Colombia Getting Ruffian in full ship shape fashion is a full time affair and something sometimes has to give. In this case it’s the blog. So this is what we did…
  • And now time for something totally different.
    15th September 2022 Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia via Marina de Pesca, Cartagena & Minca, Columbia. When Monty Python released ‘And now time for something totally different’, he presented a world of dancing soldiers, a flirty marriage councillor and grannies akin to the cast of ‘Reservoir Dogs’. We’ve not seen any…
  • Juxtaposition
    7th September 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia Juxtaposition. This is not just a great scrabble word scoring between 29 and 178 points but it also perfectly describes everything we’ve experienced in Cartagena. Rampant tourism sits next to authentic living, sanitised malls give way to thriving local markets and chaotic Cartagena…
  • Thunder and Lightning; very, very frightening!
    31st August 2022 Spanish Waters, Curaçao – Cartagena, Colombia. Sailing offshore is all about risk management. We manage the risks of wind and waves by using technology to tell us what should happen, we manage the risk of injury by having simple rules on board, but some risks can only be managed by luck. Lightning…
  • A waiting game.
    25th August 2022 Spanish Waters, Curaçao The sail from Curaçao to Colombia is reported to be the 5th most difficult sailing passage in the world. The high mountains create massive katabatic winds that reach far offshore, the Punta De La Guajira on the Venezuelan border funnels the trade winds leading to massive wind acceleration, and…
  • B is for Boat. C is for Car.
    18th August 2022 Spanish Waters, Curaçao After many years of sailing, we’ve found that the mode of exploration is denoted by the first letter of the name of the country. The Bahamas are best explored by boat, the secrets of the Canaries are unlocked by cycling and having a boat in Bonaire was invaluable. Curaçao’s…
  • Goodbye’s and hello’s.
    11th August 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Spanish Waters, Curaçao Elton John said that ‘Sorry’ is the hardest word. In this cruising life ‘Goodbye’ is the hardest word and we’ve had to say goodbye to Bonaire, goodbye to friends and goodbye to a life changing 3 months of diving. We’ve never stayed anywhere as long as…
  • Social whirl.
    6th August 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Kralendijk, Bonaire via Jennies Glory & Angel City, Bonaire In days gone by Debutants paraded around London in a social whirlwind where they were seen at all the must do events and strutted their stuff in search of a future partner*. As we have started to get ready to…
  • Dive, dive dive. Drive, drive, drive.
    31st July 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Kralendijk, Bonaire via Sharons Serenity, Klien Bonaire Nothing lasts forever and We have a pickup to go shopping. More diving. Cliff, Sharons Serenity, Something Special. We borrow the crusiers ‘rust bucket’ pickup. It is indeed a rust bucket. The bimini comes off and cleaning commences. Inland excursion to the…
  • Giving back.
    26th July 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Kralendijk, Bonaire via Corporal Miess As a species we take a lot from this earth. Materially we remove oil from its deep bedrock and repay the earth by returning Co2. Emotionally we witness amazing natural phenomena like the setting of the sun and then discard our rubbish polluting the…